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Lillian Young
Make a 3D Light Shine Through a Solid?
on Nov 15, 2011 at 7:24:13 pm

For the life of me, I can't figure this out, and it should be simple.

I have a photo with a light. I want to mask out the light in the photo and have an AE created light look like it's shining though.

I assumed I'd just draw a mask on the photo, subtract it, make the layer 3D, add a light and wah-la. Wrong. The 3D light simply illuminates the scene. No matter where I position it, it doesn't look like it's shining 'through' the hole of the image.

What am I doing wrong, please?

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Angie Taylor
Re: Make a 3D Light Shine Through a Solid? #AfterEffects Tip
on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:27:07 am

Hi there,

After Effects doesn't include volumetric lighting that you're after which is a shame. However, there is a third party solution. Trapcode Lux is designed specifically for this and will give you what you need;

Hope this helps!



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Michael Szalapski
Re: Make a 3D Light Shine Through a Solid?
on Nov 16, 2011 at 5:06:40 pm

You can fake it with CC Lightburst or that other CC effect that's right near it, but the name of which escapes me at the moment.

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